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The product comes in a transparent bottle with a pump action lid. The product itself is green, I assume this is to represent the colour of aloe vera, however, I would be slightly worried if gel from an actual aloe vera was as brightly green as this.
The product is easy to apply because of the pump action lid. I sometimes find it difficult to juggle flip top or screw top lids whilst applying lotions so this a welcome difference.
The gel rubs easily into the skin and you don't need too much to cover an area. I for example used one pump per arm, 2 pumps per leg etc.
It does offer a cooling sensation when applied and this lasts for around two hours, after that the coolness begins to wear off and you would need to apply more if you were suffering from sun burn.
The product did feel moisturing while it was on and skin was soft to the touch but the moisturised feel does not last long and I did still peel in one or two areas despite applying the gel religiously. I was quite dissapointed by this.
Since buying a little Aloe Vera plant of my own Ive been quite curious as to what it can do for my body, since its well known as being a great natural healer. Seeing the popular sun care range Malibu had a reasonably priced bottle in my local Woolworths and knowing it was supposed to be good for sunburn, with summer approaching I thought Id give it a go.
MALIBU MOISTURISING AFTER SUN GEL
You wont miss this in the shop. Itll be in the sun care section and most likely be the only bright green 200ml pump bottle there. The bottle itself isnt green, the gel is! It looks slightly freaky but decidedly cool (in the warm/cold way not in the fashion sense). I was glad to see that it was in a pump bottle because its quite a hassle applying things like gel or cream from a screw top bottle whilst trying not to waste the product.
Naturally, being the Brit that I am, at the first sign of the sun this year and I was outside roasting my bare skin in as little clothes as possible. Well, I wasnt as irresponsible as that makes me sound; I applied sun cream but missed application on areas like my back simply because I forgot. I dont burn too much because I have olive coloured skin but it was enough to go pink and cause a bit of itching and discomfort - so this was my opportunity to use the Aloe Vera.
Apparently this bottle has a locking cap because there are arrows on the pump to say open and close but (I might be totally dumb?) I cant figure out how to lock it once its been undone. If you can figure out how to lock it that would be a major advantage for taking it abroad because it wouldnt leak into your luggage.
Pump issues aside, the application of this gel is very easy. Choose the areas that youd like to apply it to (anywhere which is pink/lobster red) and get pumping! You dont need a huge amount to cover an area but similarly you need to pump enough out that youll feel the cooling effect. Once youve pumped it into your hand it is quite a thick green gel with a smooth texture. Its pleasant to smooth in but in no way resembles the real Aloe Vera. I have used a leaf from my plant before and I also now have a Holland and Barrett 99.9% pure product real Aloe Vera is clear and slightly chunky, sort of like if you mashed up a bowl of set jelly (if it had no colour) its quite thick when you apply it and doesnt really smell of much. This gel is nothing like the real thing but it glides easily over any affected areas without further discomfort.
I like applying this to my whole body during the summer because it does give a brief cooling sensation as the watery gel evaporates but I would only really recommend this if youre the only one using the gel (say for a single week away on holiday) as the bottle isnt *that* big and wont last that long.
The immediate effect of this gel is that it gives a cooling and soothing sensation to any areas of sunburnt skin. If you arent sunburnt and are just using this as a regular moisturiser then it eases any itching you may have had (from dryness) and cools the skin slightly. A major advantage this gel has over any other lotions or potions you may have used in the past is that it absorbs as you are applying it there is no sticky residue or greasiness as with other creams and oils.
Immediately after, and for a few hours, your skin is left pleasantly soft to the touch but unlike with rich creams it just feels like your normal skin as there is no layer of grease left. The disadvantage to this is that the softness doesnt last once youve bathed/showered so its a product youd have to continually use for a lasting effect.
Since buying my Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera which is 99.9% pure I got rather curious as to how pure this Malibu Aloe was. Looking on the bottle I see that the first three ingredients are (and in case you didnt know, ingredients are listed from the one most present first ) Aqua (aka water), Aloe Vera, Alcohol. This might explain why the product does not give a lasting effect on skin because in the long run alcohol is drying to the skin.
I am not very impressed by this considering it cost more than my Holland and Barrett 99.9% pure product (admittedly that was in their half price sale).
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Mine cost £2.99 for 200ml from Woolworths and at the moment (summer time) this is quite widely available in supermarkets and chemists like Boots and Superdrug. I dont know what the availability would be like in winter you would probably be able to find it but I would recommend buying it in summer anyway because it has an 18 month life span so youd be able to use it for two summers.
Its okay if youve got not option of getting to a health food store and buying some pure Aloe Vera, but if you can easily get to a Holland and Barrett then you may as well buy their as its cheaper and more effective.
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
A cooling, soothing, moisturising gel containing Aloe Vera, renowned for its natural healing properties /